The New York Yankees are a disappointing 46-43 as they get ready for their final 73 games. New York has shown flashes of great play but has been unable to find it consistently.
They had chances to sweep in their last two series but were shut down by Logan Gilbert as the Yankees fell 4-0 to the Seattle Mariners.
The next chance to go for a sweep was more than just that. Following an epic pitching performance by Gerrit Cole and trolling by both sides going into the series finale.
The Yankees held a five-run lead in the ninth inning of this past Sunday’s before they had another one of their meltdowns and ended up losing the game. Still, they did win that series.
The Yankees are just 3-10 when going for a sweep this season. If you reverse those numbers, the Yankees record would be 53-36, which is a heck of a lot better than where they are currently at.
This is not the sole reason for their embarrassing first half, but it is a major part of the problem.
Five sweeps so far are the tally for the number of times the Yankees have been on the wrong side of the sweep, including twice to the Boston Red Sox.
Only three times they’ve won games to prevent a sweep, so they are 3-5 when on the brink of being swept. Another under .500 record. Reverse that record again, and now the Yankees are 58-31.
The team has also blown nine save opportunities this season, including Sunday. Aroldis Chapman has blown four saves which leads the bullpen. The only other Yankee that has blown multiple save opportunities is Jonathan Loaisiga with two.
When looking at some of the statistics, the Yankees are much more competitive than we may all realize, but it seems like every ball has bounced in the opposing teams’ direction when push comes to shove.
No question, things will need to change and change fast. The Yankees have three games still scheduled with the Red Sox this weekend, barring any more postponements.
The make or break campaign has already begun and ends on July 29 when we find out if the Yankees will officially buy or sell.
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